Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Soldiers, knights, traditional craftsmen, dancers and bards
Journey through time this weekend at Fort Lytton National Park and experience 2000 years of living history.
See life as it was over the centuries, from Roman to Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Colonial through to 20th century and enjoy a walk through the ages. This writer loves wandering through the historic festivals smelling the campfires, tasting traditional foods and learning how things were done in a time when life was more simple and people took my care of their fellow neighbours.
Enjoy the market stalls selling food, jewellery, weapons and armour.
History Alive is presented by the Queensland Living History Federation, consisting of 60 members group and over 800 members, formed to represent the interests of Living Historian and Re-enactor groups in Queensland.
Gates open each day at 9.30am with events beginning at 10am. Featuring:
Middle Eastern dancing
American Civil War practice drills demonstrations Viking warrior training Knights merchants and traders arms display
Women in history
Knights Templar church service
Historic skills demonstrations including vase making,medieval rope, leatherwork, medieval cheesemaking, hnefetafal spoon carving, bucket making, woodturning,maypole workshops, textile arts, washing displays, as well as a host of other interesting talks and demonstrations to interest everyone
The activities also include battle and arms displays through the ages.
www.historyalive.com.au (Photo by Jeff Fitzpatrick)
For a full list of the activities, demonstrations and times, see the Event Program on the History Alive website.
While you walk around enjoying the huge array of festivities, enjoy a variety of music from different lands and eras to get you in the mood.
Look out for the firing of the 64 pound cannon and drill at 2pm, followed by a 13th Century Knights Templar Tournament at 2.30pm. In fact, there are so many great events on the main stage throughout the day that you won't want to miss any of them.
Kids will be fascinated by their walk through history, and are sure to be kept occupied with the Childrens Games at 3pm.
Lytton Hall plays host to a range of talks sure to fascinate history buffs and enthusiasts.
The event is held over two days at Fort Lytton, which in itself is an important piece of our history, being built in the 1880s to halt fears of a Russian attack on British colonies in the Pacific.